Jacqueline Potter, MSW, CSWA

Therapist

Approach

The body develops expectations in relation to its environment and because these expectations are developed unconsciously, they do not often respond to our thinking brains rationales. Repeated traumatic experiences can affect the nervous system, which is intimately tied to our mood and our feeling of safety and trust with others. Our reality is created by how we make sense of what is happening around us and the meanings we invent are based on factors such as our culture, family value system, etc. As we grow, our bodies and minds develop in the context of our environment. Each of us looks out at the world through a lens that is colored by our experiences. We each have our own unique defenses to meet the requirements of our unique experience in the world. If we are punished for reaching out to those around us, we may experience an immediate tenseness in our body and get the feeling that there is something wrong or bad about us. If this experience is repeated over and over, the tenseness may transform into chronic body aches and the feeling may be internalized. This internalization may lead to issues in self-worth that can plague us in future relationships and personal or professional endeavors. Healing requires looking back at the messages we received and discarding the harmful ones. It means discovering our authentic selves so we can move toward realizing our full potential and building a life of our own choosing.

I am honored to work with people who are healing from trauma. I bring somatic (body focused) practices into our work together so that we can reintegrate the body and mind and bring awareness to the ways in which your environment has shaped your nervous system. I practice from an Existential-Humanistic perspective, which means that I see our relationship as a partnership. As fellow humans, we will explore your beliefs about yourself and the world to see what serves you and what doesn’t. We will work together to discover the unique path to your wholeness and fulfillment.

While I have a focus on trauma, I love working with clients from all walks of life. I feel privileged to sit with people working through and exploring existential issues, life transitions, spirituality, sexuality, personal growth, and those looking to integrate altered states of consciousness. I am sex, sex worker, LBGTQ+, and kink positive.

Areas of Experience
  • Altered states of consciousness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Healing from trauma
  • Somatic experiences
  • Polyamory/non-monogomous relationships
  • Kink
  • Sexuality
  • Lack of fulfillment
  • Personal growth
Fees

My fee structure works as follows:

  • 30 min initial consultation: Free of charge
  • 50 min session: $100

I offer a limited number of spaces with a sliding scale based on financial need.

I currently accept cash, check, and debit/credit card. Payment is due at the end of each session. In the event you need to cancel your appointment, a 24- hour notice is required to avoid being charged for the session.

I do not accept insurance; however, we are set up to take FSA/HSA cards.

The most powerful tool in therapy is the relationship built by our therapists and their clients. That’s why we offer a free 30-minute consultation to determine if we’d be a good fit.

 

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